Durban - Kaizer Chiefs have gone to the top of the
Absa Premiership after claiming a narrow 1-0 win over Black Leopards at
the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.
As it happened: Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 Blacks Leopards
Defender Eric Mathoho
scored the decisive goal for the Amakhosi for the second week in a row,
with the Soweto giants leading the log on goals scored ahead of
meanwhile, are second from bottom on zero points.
looked lively early on and claimed the lead in the 12th minute. A
George Maluleka corner kick drew goalkeeper Jonas Mendes off his line,
but curled beautifully into the path of Eric Mathoho, who easily powered
home a header for his second goal of the season.
The Soweto side
remained on top through the remainder of the first half, though they
were unable to create any further clear-cut chances. Their best
opportunity arrived in the 38th minute when Lazarous Kambola attempted
to sprint onto a through pass, but he was beaten to the ball by a sharp
The first half wrapped with the Amakhosi leading 1-0,
while Leopards had been unable to offer any true threat to goalkeeper
Daniel Akpeyi (who was a late replacement for Bruce Bvuma) despite
enjoying a fair amount of possession.
Chiefs made a change at the
start of the second half, with Leonardo Castro giving way for the
introduction of Dumisani Zuma, while Leopards waited until just after
the hour mark to introduce Joseph Mhlongo in place of Lifa Hlongwane.
Duvha began to enjoy more and more of the ball as the second half wore
on, but Chiefs looked dangerous whenever given the chance to counter,
with the likes of Zuma, Bernard Parker and Kambole notable figures on
transition from defence to attack.
On 76 minutes Chiefs should
have wrapped up the game when Lebogang Manyama was given a one-on-one
chance after bursting through the Leopards defence, but he was denied by
an excellent save from Mendes.
Ten minutes later, George Maluleka
almost doubled Chiefs’ lead with a shot from just outside the penalty
area - his effort had the beating of Mendes, but clipped the top of the
Leopards, to their credit, never gave up and nearly
claimed a share of the spoils with an injury-time free kick which Akpeyi
tipped over his crossbar. In the end, the Amakhosi held out for a nervy
but deserved 1-0 win.
Akpeyi, Ntiya-Ntiya, Mathoho, Cardoso, Frosler, Maluleka, Parker, Manyama, Nurkovic, Kambole, Castro.
Substitutes: Bvuma, Katsande, Mphahlele , Gordinho, Zuma, Mashiane, Baccus
Mendes, Matlaba, Katjiukua, Masia, Zulu, Khutlang, Mokoena, Madau, Hlongwane, Malajila, Bereng.
Substitutes: K. Ndlovu, Kapinga, Phala, Zulu, Ndawonde, Mhlongo, T. Ndlovu